THE LEAD: Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes off Oregon Coast

Loon Lake, Stevens County ca. 1920s – Early entrance to Morgan Park, road no longer used. (CA/LLHS) Photo and information courtesy of Crossroad Archives/LoonLake Historical Society

National Park Service awards concessions contract to Lake Roosevelt Vacations, Inc. at Kettle Falls
The National Park Service has selected Lake Roosevelt Vacations, Inc., to provide marina services in Kettle Falls at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The new park concessions contract is anticipated to begin May 1, 2019 and extend for a period of 10 years. The contract will continue amenities that have been in the area for a number of years, such as fuel sales, marina sewage pump-out, a convenience store, and slip rentals for boat moorage. The operator will also have the option to provide houseboats and marine craft rentals, primitive lodging, sailboat mast raising services, water taxi service for backcountry camping, remote on-lake sewage pump-out services, and interpretive boat tours. Click here for full story.

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes off Oregon Coast; no damage reported
An magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Service reported. The quake, which was about 165 miles from land, was felt along coastal towns in Oregon as well as Salem, according to reports submitted to the geological service. Click here for the full story.

Inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center on hunger strike over quality of breakfast food
A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike. The strike started Friday, mostly in protest of the quality of food served at breakfast, said inmate Michael Linear, who has spent the past seven years in the medium-security prison. Most of the food inmates are protesting is produced in Airway Heights. Click here for the full story.

Washington likely to sue EPA over new coal rules
Washington is poised to sue the Trump administration – again – over a possible change in environmental laws, state officials said Wednesday. Gov. Jay Inslee said the state will vigorously oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Clean Power Plan, which would give states the authority to allow more burning of coal for electricity. That would stop an Obama administration plan to reduce the use of fossil fuels for energy and increase alternative generating sources like solar and wind. Click here for the full story.

Venezuela military barricades bridge in attempt to block aid
The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge at a key border crossing, issuing a challenge on Wednesday to a U.S.-backed effort by the opposition to bring humanitarian aid into the troubled nation. The Tienditas International Bridge was blocked a day prior by the Venezuelan National Guard with a giant orange tanker, two large blue containers and makeshift fencing near the border town of Cucuta, Colombian officials said. Click here for the full story.

2018 was 4th warmest, but next 5 years could break records
While 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, British meteorologists are predicting the next five years will be much hotter, maybe even record-breaking. Two U.S. agencies, the United Kingdom Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization analyzed global temperatures in slightly different ways, but each came to the same conclusion Wednesday: 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record behind 2016, 2015 and 2017. Click here for full story.

• FEBRUARY 6: Senior Lunch Bunch at Camas Grange in Springdale, 11:30 a.m.
• FEBRUARY 6: Chewelah City Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Chewelah City Hall
• FEBRUARY 6: Fiber Arts with the Sheperd Hand-Spinning for beginners, 5-6:30 p.m., Chewelah Public Library
• FEBRUARY 6: Junior Grange Meeting at Camas Grange in Springdale, 3:30 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 6: Springdale Frontier Days Association meeting in Springdale, 5:30 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 6: Karoake at Brothers Bar in Springdale, 8 p.m.

FEBRUARY 6-7: First Thursday Art Walk
Enjoy the work of local artists in downtown Chewelah for the First Thursday Art Walk from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. This month’s featued artist is Matt Booth of Room 101. Booth is a jewelry designer, manufacturer, cigar afficiandao and recently launched his own brand of gin. He will give an Artists Talk at Quartzite Brewing on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. Then on Thursday, the art of Ellen Breiter will be at Jean Beans, Katherine Cunningham and Michael McCunn will be at Gather, Danelle Fantasia’s art will be at Hello Gorgeous, Joanie Christian and Kris Mack will be featured at Wildflower and Greg and Dort Prichett will be featured at ChewVino.

• FEBRUARY 7: Thursday Jam at Dan and Jo’s in Valley, 7 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 7: South Stevens County Chamber of Commerce Meeting at Springdale Fire Station, 11 a.m.
• FEBRUARY 7: Ladies Night at Brothers Bar in Springdale, 8 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 8: Karaoke at Brothers Bar in Springdale, 8 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 8: Karaoke at the Chewelah American Legion, 7 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 8: Chewelah Chamber of Commerce meeting, 7-8 a.m., Chewelah Casino
• FEBRUARY 8: Tech Help at Chewelah Public Library, 2-4 p.m.

FEBRUARY 8: Movie Night at the Chewelah Center for the Arts
Stagetime Theatre School will be showing a video of their 2009 production of Seussical Jr. at the Chewelah Center for the Arts at 405 North 3rd St. East at 7 p.m. There is a $3 suggested donation and there will be $1 popcorn and $1 soda.

FEBRUARY 9: Cork and Keg at Chewelah Civic Center
The Chewelah Valley Lions Club will be hosting their annual Cork and Keg event at the Chewelah Civic Center on February 9 from 6-9 p.m. For $40, people can enjoy samples of wine and beer from around the corner in NE Washington or the world. Silent auction and grab bags. Fun times with community members for a good cause, and plentiful gourmet appetizers by Chef Laura Cockrell. Tickets are available at Akers United Drug, the Chewelah Independent offices, Fired Up Pizza, Gather Boutique, ChewVino and Valley Drug. Tickets are also available by calling Ron Washington at 675-3805.